24th May 2021, 6pm – 9.30pm

Dates for Upcoming events included in the Annual Pass:

Monday 24th May 2021
Tuesday 25th May – Healthcare; Invest in Good Health
Monday 7th June 2021
Tuesday 15th June – Investment Trusts & Funds
Thursday 17th June – The Energy Transition
Monday 21st June 2021
Monday 19th July 2021

6.00pm Mello Welcome & News
6.05pm Charity Pledge – Ed Croft presents…Atalaya Mining
6.15pm Trainline….Has it reached the end of the track? Ed joined by Roland Head
6.30 pm Company presentation by Samarkand – Introduced by Alasdair Haynes of Aquis
7.15pm Edmund Shing introduces tomorrow evening’s Healthcare show
7.30pm Charity Pledge – Rebecca @reb40 presents…DX Group
7.40 pm What is SIGnet – Ray Williams explains all
7.50pm Company presentation by The Property Franchise Group
8.30pm The Mello BASH with our guest analysts Kevin Taylor, Damian Cannon and Richard Crow

Charity Pledge session – Investors pledge a donation to their chosen charity when a share price is reached

Rebecca and Ed explain the analysis behind their chosen charity pledges.

Rebecca Stewart, aka AstonGirl and Reb40

Ed Croft, Stockopedia Founder and CEO

Company Presentation – The Property Franchise Group PLC

The Property Franchise Group PLC (AIM: TPFG) is the largest property franchisor in the UK and manages the second largest estate agency network and portfolio of lettings properties in the UK. The Company was founded in 1986 and has since grown to a diverse portfolio of nine brands operating throughout the UK, comprising longstanding high-street focused brands and a hybrid, no sale no fee agency. The Property Franchise Group’s brands are Martin & Co, EweMove, Hunters, CJ Hole, Ellis & Co, Parkers, Whitegates, Mullucks & Country Properties. Headquartered in Bournemouth, UK, the Company was listed on AIM on the London Stock Exchange in 2013.

Gareth Samples, CEO

With 30 years’ industry experience, Gareth brings a wealth of Estate Agency, Financial Services and digital marketing knowledge to the Group.

In his 21 year career at LSL Gareth was appointed Managing Director of the Your Move brand, which was the largest single brand estate agency in the UK at the time. In this role he was responsible for Your Move’s franchise operation as well as having overall control of Financial Services and Lettings and the strategy of the brand.

Following his successful career at LSL, Gareth became Managing Director of Briefyourmarket.com where he gained significant digital marketing experience and knowledge and since 2014 he has served as Chairman of Legalforlandlords. Gareth formally joined the Group as CEO on 30 April 2020.

David Raggett, CFO

Since qualifying with PwC as a Charted Accountant David has spent his whole working life in franchising as franchisor and franchisee. Initially David held financial responsibility for several Ford franchises before, in the mid 90s, moving to Porsche’s UK headquarters. Here he held financial responsibility for its distribution, retails and financial services businesses at various times, as well as being their company secretary and, for several years, Head of Legal.

In 2007 David took up the role Finance Director for the Motability Scooter and Powered Wheelchair Scheme to restore its financial stability, to improve its offering and to expand its customer base. After successfully turning the scheme around and leading it into new ownership, David joined the Group in February 2013.

Company Presentation – Samarkand 

Samarkand is a cross-border eCommerce technology and consumer brand group focusing on connecting Western Brands with China, the world’s largest eCommerce market. The Group has developed a proprietary software platform, the Nomad platform, which is integrated across all necessary touch-points required for eCommerce in China including eCommerce platforms, payments, logistics, social media and customs. The Nomad platform is the foundation on which the Group’s Nomad technology and service solutions are built. The core products include Nomad Checkout, Nomad Storefront, Nomad Commerce, Nomad Distribution and Nomad Analytics. The Company’s current customer base comprises leading European brands such as 111SKIN, Shay & Blue, Omorovicza, ICONIC London, Philip Kingsley, Temple Spa and Planet Organic. Samarkand has also successfully grown its own brand, Probio7, acquired in December 2017. Founded in 2016, Samarkand is headquartered in London, UK with an office in Shanghai employing over 90 staff.

David Hampstead, CEO

David began his career as a software engineer at large blue-chip firms such as Hewlett Packard and Vodafone before moving to a mobile technology start-up leading a team of engineers building software for mobile phone companies across EMEA and Asia. In 2008 David returned to the UK to establish QuickThink Media and Bejig Ltd. Both businesses were subsequently combined and floated on the London AIM Market as Gaming Realms plc (GMR:LSE) where he served as Chief Technology Officer. As group CTO at Gaming Realms David was responsible for building and managing a 70-person strong technology team spread across the US and Europe building a state-of-the-art technology platform for the highly competitive online gaming industry.

SIGnet – Enables members to improve their investment performance from organised discussions with other investors of similar interest at local meetings, specialist groups and via the web.

SIGnet provides:

  • Local Groups across the country, usually meeting monthly – with stimulating agendas! Small enough to allow everyone present to contribute.
  • Specialist Groups for investors particularly involved in a particular form of investing.
  • No financial commitment to contribute to a portfolio. What you invest in and what you are worth is your private concern.
  • The Serious Investor magazine reporting on topics relevant to private investors and members’ research.

Join SIGnet here!


SIGnet provides:

  • The SIGnet Newsletter featuring group activities, exhibitions &c
  • Discounts on products and services – software, training, exhibitions & publications.

MelloBASH (Buy, Avoid, Sell, Hold)

Kevin Taylor Professional Private Investor.

Kevin is a full-time professional Investor and a part-time business consultant.  He began his City career in 1993, training as an actuary with a focus on defined benefit pension schemes. In 1997 he moved over to Investment Banking, joining a structured finance team that developed bespoke financial solutions, and provided debt finance, for large corporates. Kevin has always been a keen small cap investor looking after his family’s portfolios and trading on both the long and the short side of markets. He is one of the more sceptical panel members and likes to see proof that demonstrates management’s claims before investing in a management team.

Damian Cannon Professional Private Investor

Damian is a very successful private investor. Originally an astrophysicist, Damian entered the IT world in 1997 and progressed to developing internal business systems for a Fund of Hedge Funds in 2004 before joining Man Investments. This experience taught Damian much about risk and liquidity but constrained his personal investment activities. So, Damian left to join a software start-up, looking to modernise the corporate law sector, giving him the freedom to invest without restriction. Initially these investments focused on steady, high-yield shares but in recent years Damian has found success with a smaller, momentum driven strategy. Since 2018 Damian has publicly blogged the progress in his portfolio to create a trading journal of his actions and their consequences.

Richard Crow Professional Private Investor

After starting life as a milkman and ending up paralysed after a motorbike accident @ 19 years old, Richard started investing in 1982. Mainly punting penny shares and buying unit trusts all went quite well until the 1987 Black Monday Crash where he lost a third of his investments. Undeterred he returned to investing several years later and had good success in the tech boom, selling out early before most of the tech rout. Thereafter, he started investing and trading, mainly in small caps finding many multi-baggers and much greater success. He now runs a very restricted private chatroom 270 or so members where members discuss the stock news of the day and stock merits and opinions, together with chat and banter re life, gardening, photography and more.

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